Buying a new car is often very expensive. Although there are normally cheap cars available, many people choose to buy dearer ones and to borrow money in order to do so. There can be a trade off between buying a cheap car which may need expensive repairs and buying a more expensive car which could be more reliable but costs more because of the expense of borrowing money. It can be quite a difficult dilemma to sort out.
If you do not have very much money for a car, then your options will be buying a cheap car or borrowing for a dearer one that is if you can find a lender that will give you a loan. If a loan is an option for you then you need to think hard about whether it is the right thing to do.
It can be very difficult choosing a car and working out whether it is likely to be reliable, unless you have a lot of experience with cars. You will need to consider whether you think that it will need a lot of repairs in the bear future and if so, that means that it will cost you a lot of money and it may not be good value to buy it. If you are not good at knowing whether a car looks good, then it is possible to pay an inspector to examine the car for you. This can help you to get some peace of mind when you are buying it. It is worth noting that whether you are paying a lot or a little for a car, there is still a chance that it may need a lot of repairs. The cost is not always a way of telling hether it will be reliable or not.
To find out more about reliability it can be worth finding out more about brands of cars and how reliable they tend to be. Some cars have a reputation for being less reliable than others. The cost of the parts could also be a factor as they will be more expensive to repair if the parts are dearer and harder to come by. You should also take a look at the log book to see the service history as a car that has been well looked after is more likely to be more reliable.
Another factor can be who you buy the car from. If you buy it form an individual then you should be more cautious. A dealer has a reputation to maintain and so they will not want to rip you off if they think that you will let others know and lose business for them. They may also be able to offer you some sort of guarantee and you will be able to go back to them if things go wrong, which is not something that you could do if you buy form an individual.
If you are getting a car that has a higher chance of being reliable, then you are less likely to have to pay out for repairs. This means that taking out a loan is less risky because you will be less likely to have to pay for repairs and therefore be able to afford the loan. You will also get better value for money form the car that you buy and that could make it worth paying out more money from it and therefore taking the loan.
It can be a difficult decision and so you should do all of the cost calculations. Work out how much extra you will be paying for the car if you take out a loan and whether you think that it would be worth it compared to paying for a really cheap one. Also consider what you will be using the car for and that may make a difference. If you are using it for work, for example, then you will need it to be reliable enough to get you there and back each day. If you have a young family you will not want to risk breaking down while they are in the car. It is not an easy decision and a lot of factors need to be considered.
It can be worth talking it over with friends and family as well as calculating the potential costs of the various options that you have. Think hard about what risks you are willing to take and how much you will have to repay on a loan so that you know what your options are. Consider what your future might be like and what positive and negative effects the different options may have for you and then you will be able to make a well informed decision as to what will be the best for you and feel happy that you have made the right choice.